Vancouver, BC, USA: Safe Software, the company in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), announced that they have introduced read support for the OpenStreetMap (OSM) format in their latest release, FME 2009. This new support offers the abilities to manipulate, mash up and share OSM datasets, making it easier for users to work with OpenStreetMap data in creative and innovative ways.
OpenStreetMap is an XML-based format that has been developed as part of an open initiative to create free geographic data, such as street maps, and make them available to anyone. The collaborative effort of over 50,000 registered volunteers has used portable GPS devices and aerial photography to create this worldwide dataset.
With FME’s new support for the OpenStreetMap format, users can now bring OSM datasets into their preferred applications and combine OSM data with datasets from other formats. All of this integrated data can even be streamed out in any FME-supported format or made available for users to download in their preferred format.